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Richard Watkins (undergraduate chemistry major) and Dr. Brent Feske Publish Paper in PLoS One on Stereochemical Sensing.
Dr. Feske and an undergraduate research student have published a paper on recent findings with a team of collaborators from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla California. The paper, titled “Unexpected Stereochemical Insignificance Discovered in Acinetobacter baumannii Quorum Sensing” was published in the journal PLoS One. The reference is: 2012, 7(5), 1-7. Stereochemistry is normally a key component in molecular recognition for biological systems. The article is of interest because it reports that Acinetobacter baumanni, a nosocomial opportunistic pathogen which accounts for 10% of hospital-acquired infections provides a unique example of nonessential stereospecificity for acylhomoserine lactone-mediated quorum sensing signaling.